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Ripon continues to battle through offensive woes

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Ripon continues to battle through offensive woes

Ripon High's Arik Anaya tries to make something happen during second-half action of the Indians' 1-0 loss to Hughson Thursday.


POSTED September 24, 2010 3:03 a.m.

RIPON – After a half of play the Ripon Indians had not shined or excelled, but their uninspired play had not hurt them on the scoreboard. That would change would when a botched second-half corner kick settled in front of the Ripon goal for what seemed like an eternity, and Hughson trickled it in  for a 1-0 win Thursday in Trans Valley League action.

Ripon (0-2-1 TVL, 4-8-2 overall) opened the second-half asserting itself more aggressively against the Huskies. The ball stayed on Hughson’s side and scoring opportunities began to surface for the Indians. But in the 59th minute, Hughson junior Jorge Rivas took advantage of one of few Hughson opportunities in what turned out to be the game winner.

“We just all looked at each other waiting for somebody to do the job,” Ripon head coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “No one wanted to stand up and do it themselves.”

Rivas shot was not explosive, or supported by any velocity, it just found the furthest edge of the goal outside the reach of goalie Tim Combley. Ripon had a little over 30-minutes of soccer to play, but even its late sense of urgency was simply too late.
The Indians were able to penetrate the Hughson (1-2, 3-4-1) middle, but when the chances to score a goal to get back in the match occurred, Ripon proved incapable of converting.

“It has been two games in a row where we out-shoot our opponent, and two games in a row where we’ve been blanked,” DeBruyn said. “We’ve had golden opportunities and I have guys wanting to make a picture on the front of the Manteca Bulletin, or Sports Illustrated, so some little kid can put it in their room.

“They are out there posing, and all they have to do is finish the goal.”

Ripon had a pair of uncomplicated opportunities in the second half, squandering both chances to nail the goal. Zach Slamon, Bryant Macias and Arik Anaya were all able to penetrate the Hughson defense, yet came up short at least one time each on chances they would love again.

Ripon has lifted its season into a state of urgency, falling three games back of TVL newcomer Orestimba, which has opened on a 3-0 tear after a 6-2 win over Riverbank. Ripon will definitely have to play at peak performance in its next two contests which doesn’t necessarily mean better, but they will have to score.

“I thought that we controlled about 80 percent of that game,” DeBruyn said of the Hughson loss. “We just have to be able to take advantage of our opportunities when they present themselves.”

Southern League
Denair 7, Ripon Christian 2

The Knights fell behind early and could not recover.

Ripon Christian (0-4) converted on a powerful kick from Christian Manes early in the first-half to knot the tie at 1-1, yet that would be as close as the Knights would get. Denair (3-1) reeled off six unanswered goals on its way to victory.

The Knights would add a goal late on a score from Tim Hoeksema.

Ripon Christian will be back on the pitch Tuesday when they host Turlock Christian.

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